I’m prone to chapped lips—and dry skin in general—on one of those steamy July afternoons where the humidity reads 80 percent, so you can just imagine what things are like for me in the middle of winter. Despite twice-a-day moisturizing, the only thing that quickly cures those flaky, rough, and cracked patches that pop up is a heavy duty balm that locks in moisture like a shield of armor. Lano's 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm ($17; nordstrom.com) has been my personal Rx this year.
It's a completely natural formula made with lanolin and lanolin oil, which is a ultra-moisturizing ingredient found on sheep's wool. In molecular structure, it's very close to our own skin lipids, so it sinks in easily and locks in the moisture that keeps your skin smooth, supple, and glowing. Similar to the powerhouse that is hyaluronic acid, lanolin can hold 200 percent of its weight in moisture. And don't worry, it's not tested on animals and the brand is totally cruelty-free.
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The best thing about this clear balm is that it's a multipurpose beauty product, so you can use it on all the dry patches that form during one of those "Arctic blasts." It's incredibly thick—like your skin is wearing a wool coat, if you will—so only a very little is needed.
I put a dollop in-between my fingers and glide it over my lips, the red patches that form under your nose after a cold and three boxes of tissues, and also on my knuckles. I even apply it in the corners of my mouth, a spot where I'm prone to mini chapped and painful cracks. It can be a little greasy if you put too much on, so I prefer to treat my hands with it before I go to bed.
It doesn't wear off of your lips after you take a sip of water and it doesn't evaporate the minute you walk outside. So far (and it's only late December), I've recommended it to my coworker (who's now hooked) and my sister, who owns a farm and needed a heavy duty treatment for her hands.
The tube is a mainstay in my handbag. And—hint, hint—I hope my stocking, too.